Soken Hohan's Orthodox Karate-Do Association
S.H.O.K.A. was founded by Shihan Charles D. Garrett II, being a direct student of Soken Sensei.
The idea for forming the association, was born on the 29th of December, 1998, and it was officially formed and named by the January 1, 1999. The purpose of this association is to preserve the kata and teachings of Soken Sensei as they were taught to the Yozadake Seito and Shihan Garrett by, Soken Sensei. Also, training at the same time under Soken Sensei, were Mr. Don Flood, Mr. Woody Lyons and Mr. Melchior Tecson, all of which learned the same curriculum from Soken, which, contrary to some claims was not a sport system, but an old Okinawan tradition emphasizing deadly combat oriented techniques...not scoring points
It is the hope of SHOKA that even in the next 200 or 300 years, the kata and teachings of the Matsumura Family will be intact and available to serious karateka who are willing to carry them on. There will never be a "Soke", "Judan" or "Hanshi" in this association as our purpose is not to "invent" a new variation of Soken Sensei's system. Even in death Soken Sensei remains the Grandmaster of the Matsumura Seito system and out of respect for him and his teachings no one shall surpass his position. However, the door remains open for a certain Okinawan who happens to be an excellent Matsumura Seito practitioner to head up the association at anytime. We do not claim to teach everthing he knew. Yet to truly teach what he was serious about in 1970-1972. Nor that Shihan Garrett to be the Great practitioner, but yes a Seito and follower of what he was taught from Basics up and through Rohai kata.
There are many different versions of the Matsumura system being taught today, by many different people.
Politics seems to rule, in most of these cases. So many others make claims, of this and the different groups are always arguing and bickering. Soken Hohan's Orthodox Karate-Do Association hopes to bring together, all of those who have trained in the Matsumura Tradition, without all of this political content. Rank isn't important; what is important is sharing, so that the tradition can be carried on for future generations. We need to put all of our energy into coming together and preserving the Matsumura Legacy, not arguing over who should be in charge. Soken Sensei would have wanted it that way. If one TRULY studied with Hohan Soken Sensei, they would also want to work this way. Regretfully said "to many have only been talk, and not truth". Talking with Sempei Melchior Tecson, "Hohan Soken was a giver and shared his arts unconditionally". If those that studied with him and learned his way, they will JOIN with us, even if its just to SHARE.
If you would like more information on membership in SHOKA
please feel free to call Sensei Charles Garrett at (916) 920-8245
we look forward to hearing from you.
There is no questions you can not ask, we have nothing to hide, just to share!